A blue wave hit Nevada in some of the biggest races on Election Night. But the results weren’t quickly known as Nevadans waited patiently or impatiently — depending on who you ask — for poll numbers to trickle in Tuesday night.
A state election official says the last voter cast a ballot nearly 3 hours after polls were scheduled to close on Election Day. Deputy Nevada Secretary of State Wayne Thorley says lines were longest in Washoe County, where voting ended at just before 10 p.m. Tuesday at an unspecified polling place.
Voting ended about 30 minutes earlier in Lyon and Clark counties, where people who arrived in line before 7 p.m. at polling places at malls and schools were allowed to remain in line to vote. Others were turned away.
Here’s how the races stacked up as of 11:30 p.m.:
When it comes to the U.S. Senate Class I race, Democrat Jacky Rosen had a 51 percent lead over Republican Dean Heller’s 44 percent. That’s with 76 percent of the precincts reporting.
When Rosen addressed supporters she came out very energetic as she said, “Hello Nevada!” The crowd gave a roaring cheer before she went into her rally, “Ain’t no party like a Democratic party cause a Democratic party don’t stop! Whoo!”
She went on to say “I have to say we voted, and we won. We did all of this together!”
Rosen’s husband and daughter were on the stage right by her side when she thanked them saying, “I would not have been able to do this without their support and their love.”
In Heller’s concession speech he told the audience, “I walked in here a few hours ago and thought I would be addressing you as a United States senator. It has been an honor to serve Nevada.”
Heller has been in office since he was appointed to fill a vacancy in 2011.
Rosen’s win puts Nevada with half a dozen other states represented by U.S. senators who are both female. Nevada’s other senator is Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto.
In the Governor’s race, a report from 73 percent of the precincts showed Democrat Steve Sisolak with a 51 percent lead over Adam Laxalt. Laxalt has 44 percent of the votes.
During his concession speech, Laxalt said, “We left it all on the field. “Not all great teams win, right? And we did fall a little short.” Laxalt got choked up as he thanked his family and kissed his wife Jaimie who was right by his side.
Sisolak’s win is the first time in two decades Nevada will have a Democratic governor. When Sisolak addressed his supporters he said, “We did it!” The former Clark County Commission Chair for District A went on to say “it’s time to bring people together,” after giving a shout out to the paramedics at Caesars for helping his mom during her “medical episode.”
Sisolak got choked up as he thanked his family. Especially, when he talked about his mother saying, “to my mom, you made me who I am today.”
With 70 percent of the precincts reporting Dina Titus, D-NV, leads Joyce Bentley, R-NV, by 65 percent in the run for the U.S. House District 1 Las Vegas seat.
Republican Danny Tarkanian conceded to Democrat Susie Lee in the race to win U.S. House District 3 South of Las Vegas. Lee had 51 percent of the vote and Tarkanian had 43 percent.
During his concession speech, Tarkanian said, “We lost.” This is the seventh political loss for Danny Tarkanian.
Watch the rest of Tarkanian’s statement below.
Steven Horsford beat out Cresent Hardy for the bid for the U.S. House District 4 Central seat. With 75 percent of the votes in, Horsford leads Hardy with 52 percent of the vote.
Question 3: The Energy Choice Initiative had more money spent on it than any ballot question ever, and with 24 percent of the precincts reporting, the results seem to be an overwhelming “no.”
Results of Question 3:
Yes — 21 percent
No — 79 percent